Maternal and child health nurse
To practice in Victoria, maternal and child health nurses must be registered with the
Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA) and:
- be a Division 1 registered nurse
- be a registered midwife
- hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Child Health.
Before starting maternal and child health studies, at least one year’s experience as a midwife is preferable. Midwives have traditionally undertaken a three-year university degree in nursing and then completed a postgraduate qualification in midwifery to be eligible for registration. More recently, three-year university degrees in midwifery and double degrees have commenced in Victoria.
Suitable qualifications include: Bachelor of Nursing (three years); Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery (four years); Postgraduate studies in nursing, depending on interest/area of specialisation.
For more information on the training required to qualify as a maternal and child health nurse, see:
Maternal and Child Health Nurse Qualifications
To work as a nurse, including a school nurse, you’ll need to be a Registered Nurse Division 1 nurse with the
Suitable qualifications include:
- Bachelor of Nursing (three years)
- Postgraduate Studies in Nursing, depending on interest/area of specialisation)
Professional development opportunities
A range of professional development opportunities and resources are available to support the ongoing learning of health professionals in the early childhood sector.
For more information regarding resources for early childhood health professionals, see: